Tcca Opens 25th Season


Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Tonto Community Concert Association has six super performances planned in the coming months.

The first program of the TCCA's 25th season is with The Wood's Tea Company, a group brought back to the Rim country because of popular demand. The performance is at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8 in the Payson High School Auditorium, the venue for all the performances.

The Wood's Tea Company has a repertoire that features Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties and folk songs. Combining humor and exceptional music skills, the TCCA promises The Wood's Tea Company will keep concert-goers entertained on multiple levels.

The group has performed throughout the country, with appearances at Lincoln Center, the Chautauqua Institute and National Public Radio.

This first concert will be followed by Orange Kellin's New Orleans Blues Serenaders on Saturday, Oct. 11, with a performance of Big Easy sounds at 7 p.m.

The Phoenix Boys Choir will appear in a matinee at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, presenting a concert of holiday tunes and classics.

The TCCA offers a great way to warm up January when it presents "I Get a Kick Out of Cole," a review honoring the musical genius of Cole Porter. The program features a cast of 10 artists, consisting of six singers/actors and a four-piece orchestra. The performance is at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31.

Paul McDermand will appear at 7 p.m., Friday, March 12. Percussionist McDermand's performance will be enhanced by classical guitar, grand piano and full orchestration and will include standard, classical and popular works.

The TCCA's silver season will close with talented pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi appearing at 7 p.m., Friday, April 2. The Italian artist was a silver medalist in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2001 and has appeared in concerts throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Bob Ware, executive director of the chamber of commerce and the association's president said, "At only $50 per person for a basic subscription, the scheduled series is the best bargain in town."

Subscriptions can be purchased at any time, and single concert tickets are also available. A single performance ticket is $20 per person. For more information, call 474-4514, 474-6115 or 474-8553, or visit the website, www.

Children, 18 and younger, accompanied by a ticketed adult, are admitted free.

Various memberships can also be purchased:

  • Donate $10 to $149 above the season ticket price, and become a TCCA Booster.
  • Patron level status is awarded those who contribute $150 to $499 and includes two season tickets and an invitation to all artist receptions.
  • A donation of $500 or more qualifies as a Benefactor membership and includes four season tickets and artist reception invitations.
  • Business I, a contribution of $250 to $499 nets a listing in all concert programs, two tickets and an invitation to the artist receptions.
  • Business II, a donation of $500 or more results in a program listing, four tickets and an invitation to the artist receptions.

All donations over the price of the tickets is tax deductible.

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